I thought about asking my parents to come to Stampaway last year so I could introduce them during the giveaway – and thank everyone who was so supportive of Mom during her bout with cancer. But Mom has never liked being the center of attention so I decided to keep her out of the spotlight. Then I mentioned it to her when I picked her up for church the next day – and she said “I would have done that.” I gave her a “Do I know you?” look and filed that in my memory for this year.
So Saturday, they came – the giveaway was about 4:30 and they arrived about 4:00 and walked through the convention. Mom was already tearing up by the time they found our booth – several customers had already recognized them and were just as kind as I knew they would be.
Giveaway Time came, and I started by introducing Mom and Dad. The introduction was intended for all of you who have become part of our lives – Cincinnati was just the place where it was convenient for them. These are screen shots from cell phone video that I had Keia shoot for me – Dad is easy to see waving a paper in the air, but Mom was in seclusion behind The Dauber Sisters until she stepped forward. But you can see for yourself – after spending quite a while learning how to cut the section that I needed out of a longer video, here it is . . .
Apparently, some people see nothing but a black box in the space above this – I’m told that if you click in the black box the video may play anyway. But if it doesn’t, you can see it by going to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utwBbqpBGfo
Afterward, several customers went over to meet them in person. My parents were truly touched by your kindness – thanks.